The Pokémon Go Community Day is a regular event in Niantic's augmented reality game - a monthly event encouraging players to play together worldwide.

Each event will see featured Pokémon appear for a limited time - offering an exclusive move - and a resource bonus for the duration.

What is Pokémon Go's Community Day event?

Designed to get people out and playing together at a certain time, each limited-time event will offer featured Pokémon with a unique and exclusive move that will spawn for three hours, alongside a resource bonus - such as double XP, Stardust or Lure Modules - as incentives to get out there and playing.

Developer Niantic hopes the regular event will add to the "excitement of local events and meetups", suggesting it's a good time to get your friends together at this set time, and possibly make a few new ones while out there.

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The heightened player activity might make it easier to take on Raids and Gyms, so keep that in mind during the three hour period, as well as making savvy use of the resource multiplier in effect with things like Lucky Eggs and Stardust, too.

Pokémon Go Community Day date, times, featured Pokémon Squirtle explained

The seventh Pokémon Go Community on Sunday, July 8th is as follows:

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Featured Pokémon: Squirtle

Date: Sunday, July 8th

Times:

  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK (BST), 11am to 2pm CET
  • North America, South America and Greenland: 11am to 2pm PST, 2pm to 5pm EST
  • Asia Pacific: 12pm to 3pm JST

Unique move: Hydro Cannon

Bonus 1: 1/4 Egg Hatching Distance

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures

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How useful is Squirtle?

Like other Gen 1 starters Bulbasaur and Charmander - which have also had their own Community Days - Squirtle (and it's eventual evolution Blastoise) is a solid Pokémon to have in your party.

There are better Water Type choices out there - Gyarados, Vaporeon and the Legendary Kyogre come to mind - but the ease in which you can get this through Community Day makes it worth going after. And that's without mentioning the nostalgia factor for fans of the original Red and Blue.

In terms of rarity, it's one of the easiest of the Gen 1 starters, especially when you consider this Community Day comes soon after the Water Festival event, which has seen them spawn in higher numbers.

The exclusive move is the mighty Hydro Cannon, though it's unsure whether it'll be potent as it is in the games. The exclusive moves so far seem to have been deliberately off-meta - more collectors items than actually optimal attacks - but there's always the chance that Blastoise using this (remember, you only get the move when evolving Wartortle into Blastoise during the hours of the event) will come more in handy.

How do get Squirtle Squad Squirtle

Something new for Community Day is the addition of a new form - the sunglasses-wearing Squirtle, based on the Squirtle Squad from the anime!

You can earn a chance of catching one by completing Field Research throughout the hours of Community Day. These Field Research quests are usually 'catch three' of the Pokémon, so assuming that's the same here, it should be fairly easy to rack up completed quests throughout the event.

The question is whether the sunglasses will stay on as Squirtle Squad Squirtle evolves. Our guess is not, but who knows?

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Will there be a shiny Squirtle?

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Shiny Squirtle is a lighter blue.

Though Niantic never confirms the existence of a shiny version of its Community Day Pokémon, there's been a shiny one introduced each and every time so far. (So in short - yes.) That means the light blue Squirtle are likely to pop up now and then, with each subsequent evolution having a Shiny variant too.

Keep your eyes peeled! And remember that Shinies don't appear in the same place for everyone like high-IV Pokémon; there's a random chance of each one that you start a battle with being shiny for you alone. Keep searching, and you should get a few.

How to prepare for Community Day

With 1/4 Egg Distances, you'll want to focus on hatching as many Eggs as possible. Of course, with a shorter Egg Distance, you'll burn through consumable Incubators more quickly, so carefully consider if you want to spend the Coins on them.

But even if you are just using your permanent Incubator, you'll want to keep walking as much as possible - especially as it means 10km Eggs will now hatch after just 2.5km.

If you plan to chain Squirtle catches, you may also want to consider staying near a clustered group of PokéStops with Lures enabled (which increases the creatures that spawn round them for all players), as well as using Incense (increase the spawn rate of creatures around you alone).

It may also be worth stockpiling Pinap Berries and Great or Ultra Balls, too. The Pinaps will increase your Candy gains, if there are a few Squirtle you want to evolve into Blastoise and power up completely, and you can really burn through Poké Balls over the course of the event.

Finally, it's worth remembering that bonuses from the Dortmund leg of Summer Tour 2018 will be active during the day, which offers 3x Catch XP, 2x Raid XP, 3x Hatch XP and perhaps most interestingly, 1 Hour Lucky Egg duration.

This means just three Lucky Eggs will last you throughout the event - useful if you plan to be catching non-stop!


Three new features have recently arrived - Friends in Pokémon Go, Gifts and Trading, as well as new July Field Research, Legendary Pokémon Regice, Alolan Pokémon Forms and 7km Eggs. We also have regional exclusives, Stardust and Buddy distances pages to help you complete your Gen 3 Pokémon collection. You can also read up on Pokémon Go Articuno Day and Birthday event Pikachu, as well as the next Community Day and when it's happening. Want to look even further into the future? Our Pokémon Go Gen 4 Pokémon list and Celebi explains which new creatures are coming to the game one day.


What previous Community Days were like

The first Pokémon Go Community Day (January 2018):

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This far from Surfing Pikachu's first time in the spotlight.

Date: Saturday, January 20

Times:

  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK or GMT, 11am to 2pm CET
  • North America, South America and Greenland: 11am to 2pm PST, 2pm to 5pm EST
  • Asia Pacific: 12pm to 3pm JST

Featured Pokémon and unique move: Pikachu with Surf

Resource Bonus: Double XP

Pikachu with Surf is a series mainstay, first appearing in Gen 1 mainline game Pokémon Yellow and countless giveaways and cameos since.

Why? Pikachu remains enormously popular and the novelty of giving an electric Pokémon a water move has yet to feel old. Though this form of Pikachu won't come close to troubling the meta of Pokémon Go, it's a nice nod to longtime series fans and yet another themed Pikachu to add to your Go collection.

Meanwhile, double XP will benefit just about every activity in the game, but is particularly useful if you have a Lucky Egg or three spare and a handful of Pokémon ready to evolve, giving you a healthy top up of experience to help get that little bit further to the next level.

The second Pokémon Go Community Day (February 2018):

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Date: Saturday, February 24th

Times:

  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK or GMT, 11am to 2pm CET
  • North America, South America and Greenland: 11am to 2pm PST, 2pm to 5pm EST
  • Asia Pacific: 12pm to 3pm JST

Featured Pokémon and unique move: Dratini, while evolution Dragonair will learn Draco Meteor when evolving into Dragonite during event hours

Resource Bonus: Triple Stardust (from catching Pokémon only - not from all sources)

How useful is Dratini?

Rare for players who don't live near lakes and oceans, Dratini is likely to be a popular choice for the second Pokémon Go Community Day, allowing you to farm the three-stage evolution Pokémon in abundance, especially since evolution Dragonite is one of the best Pokémon in the game.

Draco Meteor explained

Though Dratini won't have a unique move on its own, any you evolve from its second to third stage evolutions (from Dragonair into Dragonite) will learn the newly added Draco Meteor.

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You can only learn this move during the three hours of the event - and must be through evolution, and not using a TM.

Though Draco Meteor won't be Dragonite's best Charge Move (for now, anyway - a balance change could make it more useful one day) we'd recommend getting it if you can. You can always change it to something else with a TM later, after all.

(Interestingly, Niantic didn't announce what this special move was when the event was announced. If you're curious, our best guess was that Dratini will learn Extremespeed, a unique move that only one, special gift Dratini has ever known in the main Pokémon games.

It's only been possible to acquire in Pokémon Crystal and the later remakes Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. It's a highly useful one in mainline games, having second-tier move priority (meaning it always goes first, regardless of Speed stat, even if another Pokémon uses a priority move like Quick Attack) so it'll be interesting to see how it's implemented in Pokémon Go if we're right.)

Elsewhere, the event even saw the debut of a shiny Dratini, which could be evolved into a green Dragonite.

The third Pokémon Go Community Day (March 2018):

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Featured Pokémon: Bulbasaur

Date: Sunday, March 25th

Times:

  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK or GMT, 11am to 2pm CET
  • North America, South America and Greenland: 11am to 2pm PST, 2pm to 5pm EST
  • Asia Pacific: 12pm to 3pm JST

Unique move: Frenzy Plant (when evolving Ivysaur into Venusaur during the event)

Resource Bonus: Triple XP (from catching Pokémon only - not from all sources)

How useful is Bulbasaur?

As with other first generation starters, Bulbasaur has remained a somewhat uncommon find in the game, being able to be discovered across fields and parks.

Though Bulbasaur candy can be easily obtained from Ivysaur raid encounters, finding a fleet of Bulbasaur was valuable to simply evolve to get Pokédex entries Ivysaur and Venusaur if you don't already have them.

Venusaur, meanwhile, is a strong grass-type creature, and though grass isn't particularly popular in the game's meta, it certain has its uses when it comes to toppling Gyms and in Raids.

If you evolved Bulbasaur's second evolution into its third - Venusaur - during the hours of the event, it would have then learned the exclusive move Frenzy Plant.

To clarify, you could only learn this move during the three hours of the event - and must be through evolution, and not using a TM.

The fourth Pokémon Go Community Day (April 2018):

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Featured Pokémon: Mareep

Date: Sunday, April 15th

Times:

  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK or GMT, 11am to 2pm CET
  • North America, South America and Greenland: 11am to 2pm PST, 2pm to 5pm EST
  • Asia Pacific: 12pm to 3pm JST

Unique move: Dragon Pulse (when evolving Flaafy into Ampharos during the event)

Bonus 1: 1/4 Egg Hatching Distance (Eggs took a quarter of the usual time to hatch)

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures.

How useful is Mareep?

Although its evolutions Flaafy and Ampharos aren't hugely valuable in the current meta, a decent, relatively bulky Eletric-type like Ampharos is always going to be handy, particularly with the abundance of Water and Flying-type Pokémon - and Legendary Pokémon in particular - that are in the game.

Likewise, Mareep spawns have also been pretty rare, even more so than starter Pokémon like Bulbasaur, and so there's a fair chance a lot of players were still without their first Ampharos in the Pokédex.

There's also the fact that Ampharos' exclusive move, Dragon Pulse, is particularly useful on its Mega Evolution form in the mainline Pokémon games. Mega Ampharos gets the Dragon typing in addition to its Electric type, hence the Dragon-type move being available - maybe this is a suggestion that, one day in the distant future, we'll get Mega Evolution in Pokémon Go.

Either way Ampharos just looks pretty cool, if we say so ourselves, so it's good to have for that reason alone.

There was indeed a shiny Mareep, too - it looks like a shiny version is certainly the rule for Community Days from here on out.

The fifth Pokémon Go Community Day (May 2018):

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Featured Pokémon: Charmander

Date: Saturday, May 19th

Times:

  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK (BST), 11am to 2pm CET
  • North America, South America and Greenland: 11am to 2pm PST, 2pm to 5pm EST
  • Asia Pacific: 12pm to 3pm JST

Unique move: Blast Burn

Bonus 1: 3x Stardust when catching Pokémon

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures.

How useful is Charmander?

While the original starters have really been replaced at the top of the meta by more viable options in their type - Moltres and Ho-oh standing out in particular as better Fire- and Flying-type attackers and Charizard - they're still very handy options to have for padding out your teams.

There's also the fact that, as it's a three-stage evolution (like all of the Community Day Pokémon so far), plenty of people still won't have their first Charizard in the 'dex, so it was useful for collection purposes alone.

The exclusive moves so far seem to have been deliberately off-meta - more collectors items than actually optimal attacks - but there's always the chance that Charizard's (remember, you only get the move when evolving Charmeleon into Charizard during the hours of the event) will come in handy.

As always, there was indeed a shiny Charmander available, too.

The sixth Pokémon Go Community Day (June 2018):

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Featured Pokémon: Larvitar

Date: Saturday, June 16th

Times:

  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK (BST), 11am to 2pm CET
  • North America, South America and Greenland: 11am to 2pm PST, 2pm to 5pm EST
  • Asia Pacific: 12pm to 3pm JST

Unique move: Smack Down (Tyranitar-only)

Bonus 1: 3x XP when catching Pokémon

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures.

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How useful is Larvitar?

Larvitar, alongside the Dratini that were featured earlier, are probably one of the two most useful non-legandary Pokémon you can catch.

That's because it's third evolution stage is Tyranitar, a Rock- and Dark-type Pokémon with excellent stats across the board, much like Dragonite. It's less effective defensively - it has a double weakness to the common attacking type Fighting - but thanks to the strong, STAB-boosted Rock-type moves it has available, it's one of the best Raid attackers available.

All of the flying Legendaries - Lugia and Ho-oh, the legendary birds, and so on - have a weakness to Tyranitar's Rock-type attacks, plus the Fire-types do to, and Flying- and Fire-types are of course doubly weak as well.

It's also the best Dark-type attacker at the moment too, making it a great choice for Mewtwo EX Raids, Latios and Latias, and other prevailant Psychic-type defenders in regular gyms like Gardevoir, Slowbro and Slowking.

There's also the fact that, as it's a three-stage evolution (like all of the Community Day Pokémon so far), a Tier 4 Raid boss, and only available in 10km Eggs or vary rarely in the wild, plenty of people still won't have their first Tyrinatar in the 'dex, so it's useful for collection purposes alone.

The exclusive moves so far seem to have been deliberately off-meta - more collectors items than actually optimal attacks - but there's always the chance that Tyranitar's Smack Down (remember, you only get the move when evolving Pupitar into Tyranitar during the hours of the event) will come in handy.

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